Should You Add Liquid Aminos to Your Diet?

Q: I’ve heard wellness enthusiasts touting the benefits of liquid aminos. What are they, and is it worth adding them to my diet?

A: Liquid aminos have definitely become more popular in the last couple of years.

Like apple cider vinegar, Bragg makes the most popular product. Like tamari, bottled liquid aminos are a great gluten-free alternative to soy sauce, since they have a similar salty, umami flavor that can punch up a stir-fry or salad.

What are they, though? Basically, just amino acids derived from soybeans, plus water. (No additives or sneaky sugars, yay!)

Liquid Aminos’ Health Benefits

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Your amazing body can produce 11 of the 20 that exist, but it has to get the other 9, called “essential,” from food. It’s got to do that on a regular basis, too, since it can’t store amino acids.

RELATED: Why Eating Lean Protein Helps You Lose Weight

So, adding liquid aminos to your food is one way to accomplish this—but so is eating protein, in general.

Many people recommend liquid aminos to vegans and vegetarians, since it can be harder to get all of the essential amino acids from a diet that doesn’t include meat. Still, it is possible by eating a variety of plant-based sources of protein.

RELATED: The Essential Guide to Plant-Based Protein

Finally, athletes often supplement with amino acids, since some studies have shown potential training benefits. The research is far from conclusive, though, and athletes often choose powdered supplements over liquid aminos.

The Bottom Line

I’d recommend stocking liquid aminos in your pantry to use once in awhile as a healthy flavor enhancer, especially if you don’t eat meat. Don’t start drinking from the bottle, though, especially since the salt content is very high.

 

Should You Be Taking Daily Supplements?

Q: Are daily supplements necessary if I’m trying to be as healthy as possible?

A: Daily supplements are meant to do what their name suggests—supplement your diet—and whether or not you need them depends on a few factors.

Our bodies are designed to absorb nutrients from the food we eat, and healthy, whole foods—like fresh vegetables, lean meats, and fatty fish—contain complex combinations of macro- and micronutrients bundled into perfect nutrient packages. Ideally, we would all eat the perfect amounts of just the right foods from the the right places, grown the right way, to obtain optimal nutrition 24-7. (You know there’s a “but…” coming, right?)

But…our food supply, busy lifestyles, and individual choices can make it difficult for us to meet our many nutrient needs. This is especially true for certain groups of people who need more of certain nutrients.

RELATED: Are you Suffering from a B12 Deficiency Without Realizing It?

This is where supplements come in. Think of them like insurance for your body: they can’t replace a healthy diet, but when your body needs a little extra help, they’ve got your back. Here are few simple rules to follow.

Rules of Daily Supplements

  1. Take these first. There are a handful of supplements that I’ve always recommended to my clients because I think they’re the most important ones for optimal health and often ones that we’re not getting enough of. Check them out, here. (I even helped formulate a line of supplements for Life’s Abundance, which includes many of the ones you’ll see on the list.)
  1. Know your needs. Certain groups of people may need specific supplements more than others, like pregnant women (folate!), vegetarians and vegans (B12!), the elderly, and those with medical conditions. If you’ve got a restricted diet or are having health issues, be sure to consult one-on-one with a registered dietitian or physician. For instance, if you’ve got major issues with digestion, a specific probiotic might help.

RELATED: The Essential Guide to Plant-Based Protein

  1. Think situationally. You may need to take supplements on a situational basis, depending on your lifestyle. After an incredibly intense workout, for instance, a high-quality protein powder may be necessary (unless you have time to sit right down for a grass-fed steak, which I’m guessing you don’t). You can also take supplements to help with insomnia or brain fog. Think about what you really need, and pop a pill (or powder) accordingly.
NA Challenge: Eat a Spice at Every Meal

Looking to add a little spice (pun intended!) to your ho-hum meals? Get to know your spice rack. Boosting your meals with spices (herbs are ok too because they add “spice”) will not only make your food taste better but will also leave you feeling more satisfied and healthier! For the next three days, add a spice (or herb) to every meal.

What’s in it for you?

Your 3-Day Challenge to Add a Spice to Every Meal

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NA Challenge: Eat a Probiotic Food Daily!

Probiotic Food. Gut health. Microbiome. Good Bacteria. You’ve probably heard these health buzzwords thrown around a lot, but have you given them much thought? Why are they getting so much attention, and what even is considered ”good” bacteria?

 

Probiotics are the “friendly” bacteria found in fermented foods you eat like yogurt and kefir that will help create a healthy gut for you. And a healthy gut is a happy gut, and we all want happy guts.

 

Probiotics are live microbes that are dubbed the “good” or “friendly” bacteria because they’re beneficial to your body. Every time you ingest food, trillions of these live bacteria in your organs (especially in your digestive tract or ‘gut’) actively break it down and process it.

 

These microscopic friends help to maintain our gut health, which we know is strongly tied to our overall health. Recent studies also show that these healthy critters may be linked to regulating digestion, reducing food cravings, contributing to a strong immune system, and even boosting your mood and maintaining a healthy weight.

 

So, in an effort to get your gut as happy as possible, I’m challenging you this week to eat one to two probiotic foods daily to keep your belly – and whole body – in tip top shape.  

 

What’s in it for you

 

Your 7-Day Challenge to Eat a Probiotic Food Daily

 

Day 1: Stock up on probiotic food: Head to the grocery store and stock up on fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, sour pickles, tempeh, kimchi, and kombucha.  

 

Day 2: Start simple: Greek yogurt with berries and cinnamon will make the perfect probiotic food to snack on today.

 

Day 3: Spice up a daily norm: Instead of mustard or hummus on your sandwich, try topping some fresh turkey breast with sauerkraut, whole grain mustard, and avocado.

 

Day 4: Make your smoothie gut friendly: Replace the milk in your morning smoothie with kefir. Kefir contains protein and calcium like yogurt, but has an even higher probiotic value. This tangy treat will give your smoothie a little kick.

 

Day 5: Pick a new protein: If you usually eat chicken, beef, or fish for dinner, try substituting tempeh for your protein tonight. It makes a great “burger”! This fermented option made from whole soybeans is a great alternative to meat, and packs a huge protein punch.

 

Day 6: Get some backup:  Purchase a probiotic supplement and take as insurance. Although food sources are super important to incorporate, I’m definitely pro-probiotic supplements!

 

Day 7: Old pro!:  Now that you’ve been eating probiotics all week, it should be easy to incorporate them into your favorite recipes. Try a savory yogurt sauce over your grilled chicken tonight. Or a tangy pickled ginger asian slaw at your next weekend barbecue.

 

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Adaptogens: Are They Legit?

by Molly Rieger, RD, NLC and Leah Silberman, RD, NLC

Your morning just began and your inbox is already inundated with emails, reminding you that there’s no end in sight to your “to-do” list. You’re supposed to go grocery shopping after work, but at this rate you’ll be lucky if you even have time to eat dinner.

The pressure is on figuratively and literally to get everything done AND stay healthy, as that discomfort in your sinuses is warning you that a headache is on the horizon. Your normal fix would be to pop a couple pain relievers and hope they kick in. Fast. But what if there’s a way to avoid the stress headache from coming on in the first place?

Rather than turning to Western medicine to relieve the anxiety-induced pain, there may be a solution growing right in your garden.

Adaptogens are a specific group of herbs that have been used for thousands of years in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. They’ve gained attention recently for their ability to help our bodies better cope with stress and fatigue. Today, you can find the adaptogens herbs in supplement form in the aisles of most health food stores and vitamin shops.

They definitely sound appealing, but are they worth the money or are they another passing health fad? Let’s dig deeper.

How do Adaptogens Work?

Adaptogens work by strengthening the adrenal system and moderating stress responses. They tend to be good sources of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, which helps to prevent cellular damage.

When the body is under stress, it pumps out adrenaline and cortisol, two hormones that spike our blood sugar and increase our heart rate in order to face the stressor. In other words, that feeling you get when your boss throws an urgent assignment on your desk when you were about to leave for yoga.

Our amazing bodies are built to slow back down again and regain homeostasis when the stress is over. (i.e. when you finish that assignment and walk out of the office feeling like a BOSS).

However, when we face constant stress (and who doesn’t have at least a little daily stress), the stress response system stays turned on, potentially leading to problems such as chronic inflammation and adrenal fatigue. Adaptogens work to mitigate this response system by reducing the effects of stressors.

Though it is difficult to test for adrenal fatigue, as testing is conducted in a multitude of forms—hormone testing (especially cortisol), questionnaires, or a combination of the two —there are some common symptoms that may help tip you off.

For instance, someone with adrenal fatigue may experience: sugar or caffeine cravings, difficulty concentrating, high blood sugar, frequent colds, hormonal imbalances, anxiety and depression, troubling waking up, and weight gain around the abdomen. Any sound familiar??

Adaptogen supplements got their name because once they enter the body they “adapt” to the individual’s specific needs either by gently energizing or calming the body.

As Dr. Frank Lipman, internationally recognized expert in the fields of Integrative and Functional Medicine, explains, “Think of adaptogens like your body’s thermostat.” They are able to calm you down or boost your energy subtly. For instance, stress may cause unwanted spikes in blood sugar. Adaptogens work to reduce this effect and stabilize blood sugar. Sounds like a better alternative to sugary energy drinks, doesn’t it?

Are Adaptogens Worth Jumping On the Bandwagon?

If you’re experiencing constant stress and think you might be suffering from adrenal fatigue, there’s no real downside to giving adaptogens a try. Adaptogens have been recognized by herbalists as non-toxic and safe for centuries. Since dietary supplements in general are not USDA or FDA regulated, it is up to you, the consumer, to read the ingredients carefully. While there is no one formula for an effective adaptogen, you should see at least some of the herbs below in the ingredient list:

The impact and effectiveness of the herbs depends on how they are grown, harvested and processed as well as how the herbs are combined. As each herb has a different effect on the body, herbalists aim to create the right harmony of calming and energizing herbs to create a balancing supplement. Herbalists recommend taking adaptogen supplements for at least 3 months to fully feel the benefits.


molly and leahAbout Molly and Leah:

Molly Rieger and Leah Silberman are registered dietitians and the co-founders of Tovita Nutrition, a virtual nutrition counseling and concierge service. As graduates of the NYU masters of clinical nutrition program, they combine their science and clinical backgrounds with the counseling and business skills learned at The Nutrition School.

NA Challenge: Go Vegan Once a Day!

Your 7-Day Challenge to Go Vegan Once Daily:

Channel your inner plant lover and enjoy the benefits of clean eating! Go vegan for one meal everyday for one week…it’s not as hard as you think.

PRIZE ALERT: Post your progress on social! Show us the most creative way you’re going vegan each day and whoever posts the most creative will win a bag of Life’s Abundance Vanilla Plant Protein! Tag @keriglassman, make sure your account isn’t private so we can see it, tag your friends, and use #VeganMeal #NutritiousAbundance

 

Day 1: Shop ‘Til You Drop
Don’t be afraid of the word vegan. You already eat a whole lot of vegan foods without realizing – start simple with those foods you already know and love. Create a list of vegan friendly foods you love and plan a trip to the grocery store NOW! I’ll make it easier and start a list for you: almonds, cashews, pecans, chickpeas, lentils, romaine, spinach…

 

Day 2: Plant a Plant-Based Breakfast in Your Belly
Find a vegan breakfast you love. Mix quinoa (cooked) with chia seeds and almond milk and top with cinnamon, blend a smoothie with plant protein (my fave is unsweetened coconut milk, 1 teaspoon almond butter, ½ banana, ⅓ avocado and a scoop of protein powder), get creative with your oats or even a simple fruit salad with sprinkled coconut and chopped almonds will do.

 

Day 3: Yes, Salad Can Be A Meal Too

Bulk up a green salad with all of your favorite textured veggies, crunchy nuts and seeds, and herbs and spices. Just remember no cheese. If you are watching your waistline, you won’t want to add nuts and seeds without caution. You do need to think about how much you are adding into to your salad veggie base. If you’ve been feeling good eating a chopped romaine salad with carrots, tomatoes and peppers topped with grilled chicken, feta and vinaigrette, an easy transition would be to go for the same chopped romaine and veggies, swap out chicken for chickpeas (about ½ cup – you can overdo these little guys!), and chopped, toasted walnuts for  the feta. The chickpeas will keep you full from the fiber and protein and the nuts will provide satiety from the fat, fiber and protein too. Yes, keep the dressing but remember to keep it to about 1 tablespoon.

 

Day 4: Expand Your Horizons

Experiment with new, less familiar foods and try a grain you’ve never had like bulgur or farro as the star ingredient of your main course. Instead of orecchiette as a stray from the go-to ziti try  spaghetti squash marinara. Or, say buh-bye to your mainstay turkey burger and opt for a black eyed pea salad instead.  

 

Day 5: Get Creative

“Veg” up your fave recipes and swap traditional protein with beans, nuts or tofu. Note: I am not a huge fan of soy but do think there is a place in some people’s diets for real soy such as firm tofu. Replace the beef in burritos with black beans or chopped, tofu and grilled veggies. Instead of bacon on those yummy brussel sprouts try adding chopped, toasted cashews.

 

Day 6: Avoid Dairy Withdrawal

Missing milk and cheese? Try a dairy alternative like rice or almond milk in your smoothie, cereal and coffee. Top popcorn with nutritional yeast, use flaxseeds instead of eggs when baking your next batch of cookies and top your ezekial toast with coconut butter and cinnamon instead of butter.  

 

Day 7: Be a Smart Meat Head

When eating meat at other meals, opt for lean versions like chicken or turkey and lean grass-fed beef which is loaded with antioxidants and omega-3s. Remember, there’s more to the world than meat and potatoes. Since this is your last day of the challenge, go all out and go vegan for the entire day!

 

Why You Should Challenge Yourself to Go Vegan Once a Day:

 

Hit the Books. Do some research and learn the details about what being a vegan means. Did you know that some seemingly vegan ingredients/foods may not be vegan after all? For instance, some brands of peanuts, Worcestershire sauce, oj, veggie patties, etc. actually contain non-vegan ingredients or are processed using non-vegan friendly methods. If you really wanna go vegan, there’s a lot to learn!

A little goes a long way. Research shows eating at least one vegan meal a day can help lower your risk of chronic diseases.

Show your heart some love. Vegan diets are lower in saturated fat and cholesterol, which studies have shown cause vegans to be leaner and have lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Fill up on fiber. Eliminating animal products = increased intake of fiber keeping you satisfied and regular!

Be green and help the environment. Meat production has been shown to have a negative environmental impact; limit your intake, limit your impact. I recommend red meat one time per week if you are a meat eater.

Keep on living. Fruits and veggies provide antioxidants that mop up free radicals slowing the aging process, promoting weight loss and improving overall health. Research also shows red and processed meat eaters have a higher overall risk of dying from heart disease and cancer.

Eat the rainbow. Try a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds – experiment with new foods and recipes. Your pantry and fridge will thank you…it was tired of the same ole same ole anyway.

Power up with protein. Vegan diets incorporate a diverse array of protein sources such as beans, lentils, seeds, tofu and tempeh for exciting, and tasty, meals. Branch out from your chickpea salad.

Vegan doesn’t mean processed junk. As tempting as it is, don’t opt for vegan processed unhealthy foods like french fries, potato chips, bagels , and processed soy patties, and try not to replace meat with large amounts of refined carbs. Read labels carefully and of course buy as many whole, real unpackaged foods as possible.

Pump some iron. Red meat is not your only source of iron – get your fill with almonds, apricots, beans and lentils, seeds, broccoli, and spinach; eat them with vitamin C to increase absorption. Think spinach with tomato sauce and lentil soup with a citrus fruit salad for dessert.

Become your own chef. Invest in a vegan cookbook (and of course check out Pinterest) for more ideas on how to expand your meal plans and experiment with new ingredients. Going vegan doesn’t mean you have to eat like a bird, and it definitely doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy tasty meals. Did you know you can make a pizza crust out of cauliflower? Or “cheese” out of cashews?

Find a new local hotspot. Go vegan even when eating out! Investigate restaurants in your area that offer vegan fare, and try a new dish or cuisine – if you like it, challenge yourself and make your own homemade version.

In it for the long haul? If you decide to adopt a vegan diet on a regular basis, consider taking a B12 supplement as it is only found naturally in animal products. If you’re looking for a great vegan protein powder to supplement your diet, try my Life’s Abundance Vanilla Plant Protein.

 

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The 6 Best Supplements You Need to Know About

I’m very clear with my stance on supplementation: I believe even the best supplements should do just that – supplement the diet.

If you regularly visit my site or know anything about me, you know I believe in whole foods that are as least processed or refined as possible and that we should all be getting most of our nutrients from foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats.

Ideally, we would all eat the perfect amounts and balance of just the right foods to obtain optimal nutrition.

I do think it’s realistic for some of us to meet most of our needs very well through food alone. But, most of us don’t live in perfect eating worlds.

Our food supply, busy lifestyles and simply our choices make it difficult for us to meet our needs. This is why I say, there is a time and place for supplementing the diet.

If your lifestyle, palate, time, energy or priorities make it hard for you to get all the nutrition you need in through foods, supplementation may be appropriate.

Here are 6 of the best supplements to consider taking:

 

OMEGA-3

 

I am a big time lover of healthy fats, especially, omega-3s. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for heart health, important for immune functioning, brain health and the inflammatory response.

Scientists are also studying the effects of omega-3 supplementation on mood because these wonderful fatty acids are the building blocks of the brain. There is also evidence that omega-3 fatty acids can fight depression, improve sleep and boost libido — woot woot!!

Salmon, walnuts, dark leafy greens and fatty fish  are rich natural sources of omega-3s and we all should be incorporating these foods into our diet, unless of course you have an allergy.

But, if you want to try a supplement to take your omega-3 intake a step further choose a pharmaceutical grade fish oil with both EPA and DHA. These are two fatty acids that work together to keep us healthy.

Research has found that the ratio of these particular fatty acids in most Americans’ diets is imbalanced. This is why we specifically recommend omega-3 supplementation with EPA and DHA.

PROBIOTIC

It seems the gut is all the rage lately. New research is looking at the gut microbiome and weight management — we’re learning how important it is to have a GI tract brimming with microbes to maintain a healthy weight.

Your gut has over 400 types of probiotic bacteria (good guy bugs in your belly) which help promote good digestion and help fight bad bacteria found in your intestines.

Probiotics may also help with infections of the digestive tract, enhance immune function, and control inflammatory bowel disease.

Most people use probiotics to prevent diarrhea, gas, and cramping caused by medications or antibiotics, and if traveling sometimes throws off your regular bowel habits, it’s a good idea to take one while on the road.

A daily probiotic may also be a great tool for anyone who does not eat probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut and kefir.

A supplement can help make sure you are getting enough probiotics to maintain a healthy digestive tract. When choosing a probiotic supplement, avoid those that make blanket claims and choose one that lists the complicated names of the cultures, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus.

You also want to make sure the label says the cultures are living (many brands do not have live cultures, which does you no good).

When you’re shopping for a probiotic supplement, there are different strains of bacteria that manage different conditions and you’ll also notice that dosing and recommended use varies among the brands, so take them according to the package directions.

VITAMIN D3

Hot vitamin of the moment, vitamin D is blazing trails in the research world and gaining tons of media attention these days. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and is famously known as the vitamin we can make from a little bit of sun exposure.

It’s a complicated vitamin because you hear about two forms: vitamin D2 is the form of vitamin D you get from eating fortified foods, and vitamin D3 is the kind we synthesize in our skin from sun or UV exposure.

Since the body makes this form of vitamin D, it is actually considered a hormone and not a vitamin. Vitamin D is responsible for regulating calcium and phosphorus in the body and lately we are learning more about the role of this amazing vitamin in our bodies such as being linked to insulin regulation, immunity and even weight.

Both D2 and D3 can be converted to the active form in the blood, called 25-hydroxyvitamin D3.

Not everyone gets the sun exposure they need to make enough of this vitamin, especially during winter months and at higher latitudes, so I recommend getting it in through foods such as eggs and sardines, and fortified foods such as dairy.

If you’re concerned about your vitamin D status you may want to have it checked the next time you got to your MD.

MULTIVITAMIN

A multi is pretty self explanatory and the golden child of supplementing as “insurance”. A multivitamin is there to give your hopefully whole foods based diet a boost and/or back up reserves.

I don’t want you taking a multi as a way to skimp on consuming your fruits and veggies but I do want you taking one as a second line of defense. Unfortunately, four out of five people don’t get the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals through food alone.

I prefer a multivitamin that contains the nutrients we need but is not over loaded with more than we can even use. I also like a multivitamin that is vegan-friendly and uses veggie capsules that do not contain magnesium stearate.

PROTEIN POWDER

Protein powders, like supplements in general are highly polarizing! You have your whey peops and you have your vegan protein powder peops. You have your soy peops and you have your soy free peops.

Here is my feeling: keep it as clean as possible. We all know we get protein from foods like chicken, fish, and meat, dairy and plant sources like nuts and seeds and even veggies have a little protein.

Many of us meet our protein needs and many of us need a boost for convenience or to simply help us meet our needs. When we consume protein in the powder form, I want it clean. You don’t need more animal protein here. You don’t need a lot of added “junk”.

Go vegan so you’re getting protein from plant sources, soy free (I’m not a fan of processed soy) and make sure you are not consuming a chocolate chip cookie worth of sugar!

GREEN POWDER

If there is one food I talk about constantly it has to be…greens. I heart all greens. Green veggies are loaded with micronutrients, phytonutrients and all kinds of antioxidants. They are low in calories, while being high in water volume, fiber and of course nutrients.

I like my clients to get greens in at least twice a day. A green powder is a convenient way to get in the minimum needs and pack in extra for optimal health. I like a green powder blend to contain organic greens that are a mix of greens including sea veggies.

Some of us eat our seaweed but it is definitely more difficult to get in than, say, spinach. I add a scoop of greens to a smoothie or even just mix with water.

Note: If you are on any meds for a medical condition, or your doc has prescribed a nutritional supplement, discuss any and all drug-nutrient interactions with your medical provider. A pharmacist is a great resource to go over drug interactions as well.

Supplements can be harmful in large doses and/or interact with different medications you might be taking so it is important to understand what you are taking and for what reason. More isn’t always better.


 

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Nutritious Life, Life’s Abundance and the Best Supplements

My mission in life is to help as many people as possible take their nutrition up as many notches as possible, so they can live their most Nutritious Lives. It’s really that simple.

Everyday I seek opportunities to help me accomplish my mission, and weigh opportunities that are presented to me to help me do this.

When the opportunity arose to partner with Life’s Abundance to create a line of the best supplements you can find that were organic (when necessary), completely GMO free, at a cost that’s accessible to most people, and that I could be 100% involved in choosing the ingredients for, it was a no-brainer.

Yep, you read that right. I helped choose every single ingredient that went into these supplements.

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I’m so ridiculously excited about this, and I know you will be too once you finish reading this!

In over a decade of counseling clients in my private practice in NYC, thousands of people have come to me because they’re tired, stressed, overweight, unfocused, unmotivated, and feeling like they aren’t the best version of themselves.

We live in an age with amazing medical breakthroughs that save people’s lives, except we’re sicker, fatter and unhealthier than ever.

We’re overfed and undernourished because we choose convenience over wellness and our habits are shot! I believe that having a solid nutritional foundation (and this doesn’t have to compromise convenience or taste!) combined with the other pillars of a Nutritious Life can help anyone attain and sustain a healthy body, mind and life.

Each of the products I created with Life’s Abundance contributes to building that solid foundation in some way. So, if you or someone you know is trying to take their nutrition up a notch, I’m glad you’re here.

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Why I Partnered on a Line of the Best Supplements

 

We all know we should eat better and increase the nutritional value we get from food on a daily basis, but many of us either don’t know how or we simply can’t make it happen. Sometimes, it’s just not realistic to get all the vitamins and minerals we need from the food we eat, especially with issues of depleted soil, eating processed and overcooked food, and not eating enough fruits and vegetables.

This is why I’ve been recommending supplements for years –  because they supplement what is hopefully a healthy diet to begin with. Think of them like insurance for your body – they won’t replace solid nutrition, but when your body needs a little extra help, you’ve got it.

There are a handful of supplements that I’ve always recommended to my clients because I think they’re the most important ones for optimal health, so naturally they were the first products we developed, and we focused on formulating them in an easy to digest way.

 

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Fish Oil Liquid
Fish Oil Capsules
Plant Protein Powder
Greens Blend
Multivitamin
Probiotic
Minerals & Antioxidants

We carefully handpicked each and every ingredient – if it’s in there, it’s in there for a reason – and left out any that posed a health concern or just flat out didn’t need to be included.

Supplements aren’t for everyone, especially those that are already eating an incredibly clean diet or are following a plan that guarantees they’re getting in all the vitamins and minerals they need. But they’re great for anyone that doesn’t fit those categories, no matter how close or far from that end of the healthy eating spectrum they are.

By adding supplements to your daily routine, you may start to feel a little healthier and more motivated, which can slowly make you become more mindful of what you eat. When you learn to make better food choices and feel better in your body, it’s a game changer for your whole your life.

Feeling good comes from the inside (mentally and physically), and creating change in your wellness routine can happen without deprivation.

These products are not a diet – they’re intended to be incorporated into your diet and your life to support your overall health, not just for 30 days, but for a lifetime. This is why I’ve incorporated them into my pillars of a Nutritious Life philosophy.

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Why I Partnered with Life’s Abundance

 

I’ve had many opportunities to get involved with other companies before, but I never wanted to work with a company that I didn’t believe in or that didn’t share my same values and goals. When I met the team at Life’s Abundance it was clear we shared the same beliefs about health and wellness and our goals were in sync.

They’re an employee-owned company and they take a great deal of pride in doing solid work. They’ve been providing top quality products for pets since the 90s and a select group of dietary supplements for people since 2003. The introduction of these new products we worked on together represents a significant expansion of their dietary supplement line.

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Life’s Abundance is known for making top notch products, having awesome customer service, and taking care of their people. And by people, I mean their employees, distributors, and customers. Pretty much everyone.

Distributors? Yep. They give people an opportunity to help support themselves and/or their families, have a little more freedom and a lot more fun by welcoming passionate people like you and me to become independent distributors for their products. What’s better than helping people live more nutritious lives and earning a great income while doing it?!

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Why You Should Partner With Me

 

I love, as in L-O-V-E what I do. In over 10 years of counseling clients one on one in my private practice and reaching millions of others via national TV, I know how incredibly difficult it can be to make healthy choices and to change your diet and lifestyle. This is why I lovvvvvve making it easier for people!

I also know that I’m very lucky to earn a living and support my family doing something that I am so uber passionate about. And I want to help others have this opportunity, too.

So many people have jobs that they aren’t passionate about. They’re caught up in the rat race and the daily grind and struggle of working harder and harder and never having enough time left. It’s not easy.

Others may like their job and may be super passionate about what they’re doing but they just can’t seem to make ends meet at the end of the month.

Or worse, some people experience both. Sound familiar?

Through my partnership with Life’s Abundance, I can now provide people with the best supplements I know, give them an opportunity to better financially support themselves and/or their families, and have a little more freedom and a lot more fun.

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I truly believe that success comes from making money doing something you’re passionate about and actually enjoying it on a daily basis. Like I said, what’s better than helping people live a healthier life and earning a great income while doing it? In my mind, nothing.

Joining my team and becoming an affiliate is such an easy way to expand your wellness business. If you’re a health coach, registered dietitian, doctor, yoga teacher, nutritionist, personal trainer, massage therapist, pilates instructor, chiropractor, healthy chef, or overall health nut (like me!), chances are you already recommend supplements to people.

Yep, you tell them exactly what to take, which brands you love, where to buy them, and then you send them on their way to a better life and make no money in the process.

There’s a better way for everyone.

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3 Health Supplements You Should Consider

Have you been wondering what health supplements you should be taking? You see them everywhere. Big bottles, small bottles. Shiny bags, glittery promises, prices on each end of a long spectrum. How do you pick health supplements that are right for your needs?

Well, to begin, you want to meet your nutrition needs by eating real foods that come from the earth. I’m talking about unprocessed, whole foods. They’re the kind that we don’t change much from the farm to the table.

But, life is busy! You have your job, household, kids, projects… even for the most healthful eaters, it’s hard work to get all the essential vitamins and nutrients you need daily.

But, there’s help. Supplements may help you achieve your nutritional needs without all of the pots and pans. Today I’m sharing 3 health supplements that may work for you. They all get my seal of approval to include in your diet as “insurance”, alongside all of the good choices you attach to the end of your fork.

3 Health Supplements You Should Consider:

 

Omega-3s — the Heart and Brain Fixer

 

You hear a lot about omega-3 fatty acids and heart disease, but heart disease concerns or not, we all need to get them in – no matter your age. Over the last ten years many Americans have turned to fish oil to meet their needs.

Everyone in my family takes omega-3s daily! Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for your heart’s health as they help to manage symptoms of hypertension and are useful in lowering cholesterol.

Some studies suggest they slow plaque buildup in the heart and may even reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Omega-3s have also been linked to brain health and weight loss.

Salmon and walnuts are two of the richest natural sources of omega-3s. But, they may not be a choice if you have a fish or nut allergy.

The American Heart Association suggests that you dig into 3.5 oz fatty fish twice a week, and supplementation with heart disease should be customized to the condition and under a the care of your doc.

 

Ubiquinol – the Anti-aging Antioxidant

 

As we age, our body progressively produces less CoQ10 and struggles to convert it into ubiquinol, which is the usable form of CoQ10. This leaves us with less than ideal levels of this energy-producing nutrient that naturally helps your system rock and roll.

Research has shown that ubiquinol circulating in your bod improves the health of your ticker and can alleviate many of the side effects associated with statin medications that you may take to lower your cholesterol.

Ubiquinol is found in foods you may already eat like peanuts, spinach, lean meats, and sardines. However, you would need to consume 50 cups of spinach or 120 cans of sardines to reach the recommended 100 mg of ubiquinol each day!

Ubiquinol not only works as an antioxidant but is crucial in the body’s energy production. It is the very fuel that makes your heart beat. To learn more, visit http://ubiquinol.org.

 

Probiotics – the Bacteria that’s Good for You

 

Your gut has over 400 types of probiotic bacteria (good guy bugs in your belly) that help fight bad bacteria found in your intestines. They also promote good digestion, which we all need!

Many people use probiotics to prevent diarrhea, gas, and cramping caused by medications or antibiotics. It may not make sense to you to take an antibiotic and a probiotic at the same time — wouldn’t it seem they’d cancel each other out? Not the case.

Antibiotics kill good bacteria along with the bad bacteria, so supplementing with a probiotic puts those happy microorganisms back in action in your tummy.

Probiotics may also help with infections of the digestive tract, enhance immune function, and control inflammatory bowel disease. Probiotics and brain health and weight loss are also being researched.

You’ll find these friendly bugs naturally in most fermented dairy foods like yogurt and kefir. Don’t be tricked by labeling: live active cultures may not be probiotics, so read the label carefully!

A supplement can help make sure you are getting enough probiotics to maintain a healthy digestive tract.

As with all health supplements, remember not to be fooled by the fancy packaging at the store or pharmacy. You want a standardized supplement that comes from a reputable company.